Welcome to our preview of the Atletico Madrid v Barcelona in La Liga. Although El Clasico will always be the biggest fixture in this particular division, this could arguably be billed as the biggest match of the season so far, with Atletico currently ahead of bitter rivals Real Madrid in the La Liga standings. Barcelona are only ahead of Atletico on goal difference, with both teams having won 16 out of 18 fixtures so far this season, so a win here for Atletico would really put the cat among the pigeons in a division where the dominance of the El Clasico rivals has been reviled by some.

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Previous Meetings

Spain – Super Cup ‎(ESPS)‎ 28 Aug 2013 Barcelona 0 – Atlético de Madrid 0
Spain – Super Cup ‎(ESPS)‎ 21 Aug 2013 Atlético de Madrid 1 – Barcelona 1
La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ 12 May 2013 Atlético de Madrid 1 – Barcelona 2
La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ 16 Dec 2012 Barcelona 4 – Atlético de Madrid 1
La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ 26 Feb 2012 Atlético de Madrid 1 – Barcelona 2

Goals Scored

Atletico Madrid have scored 47 goals this season, whereas Barcelona have scored the most in La Liga with 53.

Goals Conceded

Atletico Madrid have conceded 11 this season, the least number of goals in La Liga, while Barcelona have conceded one more with 12.

Team and Selection News

Barcelona are likely to be without star forward Lionel Messi, who is still recovering from an injury sustained in November. Neymar will likely return to the Barca starting line-up, having been rested for their previous fixture. All of Atletico’s key players are fit, so that means that David Villa will probably line-up against his old club, alongside Koke and Diego Costa, two of the hottest properties in Europe.

Conclusion

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